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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Adobe Acrobat/Reader Vendors:   Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Reader Javascript Method Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Restricted Functions
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020352
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020352
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2641   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 24 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.0.9 and prior 7.x versions; 8.1.2 and prior 8.x versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted file that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger an input validation flaw in a JavaScript method and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

This vulnerability is being actively exploited.

The Information Security Team of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (8.1.2 Security Update 1), available at:

For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3967

For Macintosh: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3966

Version 7 users should update to Acrobat 7.1.0, available at:

For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows

For Macintosh: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Macintosh

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb08-15.html

Vendor URL:  www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb08-15.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Jul 21 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Adobe Reader Javascript Method Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Restricted Functions
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.
Aug 4 2008 (Sun Issues Advisory) Adobe Reader Javascript Method Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Restricted Functions
Sun has issued an advisory for Solaris 10.



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